(Getty Images) CLEVELAND — A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate. They’re certainly not the first to question the song’s undertones and criticize the duet, in which one singer tries to persuade the other to stay and their exchanges include lyrics like “What’s in this drink?” and “Baby, don’t hold out.” WDOK-FM midday host Glenn Anderson says he recognizes that society was different when the song was written back in 1944, but he doesn’t think it has a place today, especially in the era of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. He announced on the pop music station’s website this week that the song would no longer be in its around-the-clock rotation of holiday music. … [Read more...] about Ohio radio station nixes popular Christmas song amid #MeToo movement
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Film songs are part of the Indian cultural life. The news about Ilayaraja’s assertion of copyright and sending notices to singers like SP Balasubramaiam (SPB) and KS Chitra to stop singing songs with his music have sent shock waves among film music lovers and to many singers whose livelihood depends on their freedom to perform film songs or its remakes.Leaving the moral issue aside, Ilayaraja’s action raises these important questions: Whether he has the legal right to stop public performance of songs with his music? Whether his copyright assertion eliminates the possibility of live performance of songs by other singers? Will his action assure him the expected revenue? Whether the Government of India has a role to protect the interest of music lovers and other performers?The first issue to be dealt with is based on the authorship of the song.The song includes musical work, lyrics and the sound of the singer, which is the performance, in which the composer himself is coined … [Read more...] about Ilayaraja’s Copyright Assertion: A Nuanced Perspective
New technology continues to generate business models that test the limits of intellectual property laws enacted before such technologies were ever contemplated. The latest example is the use of “geofencing” in an attempt to avoid certain obligations to pay certain digital performance royalties.In February 2014, VerStandig Broadcasting, the owner of several radio stations in Virginia, sent a letter to SoundExchange, the entity responsible for administering statutory licenses and collecting digital performance royalties for sound recordings. The letter stated that VerStandig intended to use geofencing (explained below) to stream radio broadcasts to a limited area within 150 miles of each station’s transmitter using geofencing technology. This method, VerStandig Broadcasting said, would fall into an exemption under Section 114(d)(1)(B)(i) of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §114(d)(1)(B)(i)), that would excuse it from paying digital performance … [Read more...] about Emerging Technology and Existing Law: Can Geofencing Provide Radio Webcasters a Workaround of Digital Performance Royalties?
From cassette tapes to CDs to Pandora and Spotify, innovations in the music field over the past two decades have drastically changed how people access music. Songwriters, however, are paid according to a system that has been in place since 1941 and unchanged since 2001.The Department of Justice (DOJ) is now considering changing that. The agency announced yesterday that it will review the consent decrees governing the nation’s largest performance rights organizations (PROs) — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). The consent decrees were originally entered into in 1941, based on the DOJ’s concerns over the market power wielded by ASCAP and BMI, which collect and redistribute licensing fees for more than 90% of music in the United States for their member songwriters and music publishers. The consent agreements currently require ASCAP and BMI to license their performance rights to any party who wants them and … [Read more...] about Department of Justice (DOJ) Revisits Music Royalty Consent Decrees
Radio stations that stream over the Internet typically have to pay performance royalties to the copyright owners of the songs that are being broadcast over the Internet. Last month, a group of radio broadcasters in Virginia brought a copyright lawsuit challenging whether they had to pay royalties for streaming Internet if their audience was restricted to a 150-mile radius from the station's transmitter. Technological advances, such as geo-fencing, allows websites to restrict access to those within a certain geographic area. If the audience of a streaming radio station is limited to a 150-mile radius, then the web-based audience is arguably the same as the AM/FM broadcast audience. More importantly for purposes of this case, there is a specific provision of the Copyright Act that exempts broadcasters from having to pay performance royalties for digital retransmissions of their broadcasts provided the retransmissions do not go "more than a radius of 150 miles from … [Read more...] about Novel Copyright Action Involving Webcasting and Geofencing to be Decided in Harrisonburg, Virginia